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 SDCOE Librarian Chairs Committee for National Association

San Diego County Office of Education Librarian of Record Jonathan Hunt chaired the committee to honor an outstanding author in teen writing for the Young Adult Library Services Association this year.

It was announced Monday that the 2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award was given to Angela Johnson for her significant and lasting contribution with books such as Toning the Sweep, Heaven, Looking for Red, The First Part Last, Bird, and Sweet, Hereafter.

"With lyrical and understated prose, exquisitely crafted characters, and universally relevant themes, Angela Johnson creates stories that show teen readers that every dark cloud has a silver lining," Hunt said.

The award is named in honor of the late Margaret A. Edwards, a pioneer in providing library services to young adults. Through her work at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Edwards demonstrated that only through literature would young adults move beyond themselves into a larger world.

Hunt leads the SDCOE Library Media Services department, which provides information and resources, such as class book sets and media kits, to districts and schools across the county.